About This Listing
Charming apartment w/relax area in the heart of the Sassi. It perfectly blends the magical feel of the old tufa caves with all modern comforts.The owners family has has got an international background and fluently speaks English,French & Japanese
Deluxe suite with relax area.
The apartment is a perfect mix of ancient cave and modern comforts. It is located in the heart of Sassi in the Casalnuovo district, one of the oldest parts of the scenic sasso caveoso.
The house is dug in the soft calcareous tufo stone and is a typical underground vaulty dwelling. It is an open space of over 100 square meters with a large patio looking at sassi where you can enjoy scenic aperitif and relaxing chats.
The entrance to the apartment is completely independent for your privacy. The house is equipped with all comforts such as a kitchenette, fridge, fireplace, TV, bathroom with a powerful shower, WIRED internet.
The relax area lies in the lower level where the cellar was originally located and includes a large bath tube and massage mats. Ideal location for a relaxing week-end!
The canopy bed and the magical feel makes the location an ideal retreat for couples.
An extra DOUBLE sofa-bed is available for families and group of friends (maximum 4 people). Babies up to 5 years old sharing the bed with their parents don't pay any extra charge. For those of 5 y.o. and up the extra bed rate is 20,00 euros per person.
Upon arrival the apartment will be cleaned and provided with clean linen and towels; the daily cleaning of the house and change of linen is at guest care.
NEW: The Municipality of Matera has recently estrablished the tourist tax: it is due from all tourists arriving in Matera for maximum the first two nights of their stay. The tax must be collected upon arrival in the apartment and is 1,00 euro per person per night. Please ask me if any doubt about the amount to pay.
Guests have access to the kitchen, the relax area, the patio and all the equipments of the house.
The fridge is stuffed with food and beverages to let our guests prapare their breakfast by themself and the kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils.
Interaction with Guests
I live upstairs with my family and the units have different entrances. A land-line is available for any requests and I am generally staying at home when I have guests. I like to welcome guests with warmth and at the same time respect of their privacy. I gladly assist with information and ideas to make the stay in Matera more enjoayable.
Very centrally located, we are in the heart of the old Sassi district and at the same time 5 minutes walk from shopping district and cultural and entertainment center of the city.
Best restaurants and trattorias accross the street and market also close.
For guests coming by car, there is a public parking space and a toll parking nearby.
The central station is located at 1 mile distance and can be reached by bus or taxi.
For guests coming by plane, I can arrange transfer from and to Bari airport at convenient rates.
Main touristic spots are at walking distance so you will not need a car during your stay, unless you plan to visit the surroundings across Apulia and Basilicata regions.
Other Things to Note
Unlike many other facilities in sassi area that can only be reached by foot, you can reach the house by car for loading and unloading operations. Easy reach for families with children.
Being an eco-friendly family, we kindly ask our guests to follow some simple eco-tips: keep your showers short, and shut off the water while you're brushing your teeth.
When you leave the room, turn off the heating, television, lights or any other electric devices. Reuse your towels instead of having them changed often. We thank all our guests for sharing with us this concern being convinced that all these little actions will contribute to keep Earth greener!
This cave-like apartment really is a one-of-a-kind experience. I've never stayed in an apartment like it, and on top of that, Francesco was an extremely accommodating host. He was very helpful and even left snacks and other things in the kitchen for us. That being said, the apartment was not clean enough for the standards that I have become used to from AirBNB. He charges quite an expensive rental price per night, so then to find the apartment dirty, we were not happy. The extra pillows had large stains on them, the dishes in the kitchen had crusted food on them, there was dirt in the bathtub - I felt uncomfortable staying in an apartment like this, especially for the amount that we paid.
What a surprise reading a review like this. Sincerely speaking I am quite surprised because as you can see here below among the more than 50 reviews I have no one is mentioning the problems you are reporting and I trust a lot in the statistics made on the full quantity instead of one or two or three...... I personally take care of the cleaning because I am convinced that this MUST be the difference!!! and this is the standard I usually offer to all my guests that apparently didn't have to complain about this. The stains you are talking about can't be ascribed to dirty but to indelible stains that even with a 100° wash don't go away. The rate for such a big apartment (more than 100 square meters + the huge terrace) I am more than convinced that it's fair enough. In any case thank you for your suggestions....these will help me for the future because I am always open to improve and will help you to better target while booking the next trip. Thanks, Francesco
What an AMAZING experience!!!we have spent an incredible weekend in Matera and this spectacular house was no doubt one of the reasons! Felt very local, location could not be better (2 min walk from the main square of the town, steps away from three amazing restaurants and a very cool bar called Area 8). Francesco was extremely hospitable and made us feel really comfortable throughout our stay. Bathroom facilities were very modern too.
Best bit relaxing by the terrace in the evening.
Thank you Francesco! we'll be back for sure :)
If you want an Amazing Adventure and to step back in time in Matera rent Francesco's Cave Apartment!! It is a once in a lifetime rental!!! We LOVED it!! The relaxation room is Fantastic! Francesco is the most wonderful Host and you truly get the warm Italian welcome!! We will send everyone we know to Matera and Francesco's Cave Apartment!!! It's situated perfectly to explore the city. While there try the Sole Kitchen for dinner… Best Italian meal in 8 months of living in Italy. Thank you again Francesco for making our trip so memorable!!
Francesco is an absolute super host!!! He was always very easy to communicate with, quickly available in any situation and also in different languages.
The time of my stay in the Sassi was insofar slightly unfortunate as it rained most of the 4 days I spent there. Obviously, if you then live in a cave, humidity becomes a problem. The flat started to smell a bit and the humidity started creeping into my clothes, books and even my body. But I don't think that there is something one can do about this problem (maybe a fix central heating in opposition to the ac-heating would help, I don't know...?).
Apart from this the place was amazing. It manages to give you a very authentic and comfortable experience of what it is to live in the caves of Matera. The situation of the flat is perfect in this amazing town which was absolutely fascinating for me. I spent 4 days exploring the little pathways, the thousands of staircases, the caves, churches etc. and I could have continued for many more days.
Special mention also for the amazing restaurant just in front of Franceso's flat ( 'Trattoria Caveoso': probably the best, authentic food I had in my 17 days of Italy trip) and the Sculpture Museum MUSMA which was an absolute surprise for me, being one of the most impressive and harmonious exhibition spaces I had ever seen.
During my stay Francesco stayed super helpful, providing me with all the information necessary, lending me an umbrella, helping me out by printing my boarding-pass for the flight back, and at the same time being a very discrete host.
Thank you Francesco for your hospitality!
Thank you very much Barbara for your nice words..you make me so proud! As for humidity you are right when you say that nothing more could be done. When it rains for days and days it starts to smell but this is something you'll find in all the caves here in Matera, from the 5stars luxury hotel to the last bed&breakfast inside the Sassi district...it's part of the experience of being in a real cave but with the comfort of a modern house. I am happy you have enjoyed the city, the art ...and the food too!:-)
Location perfetta, parcheggio gratuito a 50 mt di distanza. Immersi nei sassi, vicino a tutte le zone di maggior interesse. La suite è favolosa con tutti i confort e Francesco è accogliente e preparato per ogni domanda. Molto gentile, disponibile... consigliatissimo!
Un we da sogno.
Thank you, Francesco for your warm welcome and for providing us with such a lovely and unique place to stay in Matera. It will be one of the highlights of our Italian holiday and I hope we will visit again. We won't hesitate to recommend your place to others travelling to Matera.
About the Host, Francesco
Instancabile curioso verso tutto ciò che è arte, natura, storia e Matera offre tutto ciò in maniera perfetta. Grande viaggiatore con la fortuna di aver vissuto all'estero per molti anni in Paesi meravigliosi e contrastanti. Tireless curious towards everything that is art, nature, history and Matera offers all these things blended in a perfect way. A great traveler with the good fortune of having lived abroad for many years in wonderful countries.
Aiuta a comprendere lo sviluppo dellarte nel corso dei secoli a Matera e in BasilicataPiazza Giovanni Pascoli Matera Basilicata 75100
Una visita a questo museo è meglio di tante parole...Via Domenico Ridola Matera Basilicata 75100
Informazioni sul territorio di Matera/Info about the cityVia Sette Dolori Matera Basilicata 75100
Informazioni su Matera e lintera RegioneVia del Gallitello Potenza PZ 85100